Charles E. Hanrahan

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

Areas of expertise: Global Food & Agriculture


Charles E. Hanrahan completed his 30-year career with the Congressional Research Service in 2014 as senior specialist in agricultural policy, a statutory position established by the legislative reorganization Act of 1970.  At CRS he conducted research and analysis of agricultural policy issues with a focus on international food aid, agricultural development and international agricultural trade for Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staffs. He possesses extensive knowledge of legislation relating to international agricultural issues.  Prior to joining CRS, Dr. Hanrahan held a number of senior positions in USDA’s Economic Research Service, including assistant director for research in the International Economics division, and branch chief for Trade, Agricultural Development, and Africa-Middle East Branches.  In addition, he was a member of USAID’s Sahel Development Task Force, participated in the National Academy of Sciences World Food and Nutrition Study, and served as director of Abt Associates USAID-funded Agricultural Policy Analysis project.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Guinea.  He was an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses in economic development, agricultural development, and African economic development, at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the (USDA) Graduate School, and Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.  Dr. Hanrahan is fluent in French.

Dr. Hanrahan is currently an independent consultant focusing on international agricultural issues. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and a BSFS degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.